LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) – The University of Louisville field hockey team overcome a 2-0 deficit to defeat Georgetown 4-2 in its BIG EAST Conference opener Friday at Ulmer Stadium. The Cardinals improve to 6-3 (1-0 BIG EAST).
The Hoyas (2-7 ,0-2)opened the scoring just 5:53 into the game when Catherine Shugrue fired a shot past U of L goalkeeper Erin Conrad to give Georgetown the early lead. Five minutes later, the Cards found themselves down 2-0 when Georgetown’s Laura Thistle’s shot from outside the circle deflected off of a Louisville defender for an own goal.
After a Louisville time out, the Cards regrouped and quickly drew a penalty corner. After two quick shots and a scramble in front of the cage, a penalty stroke was awarded to Louisville. Sophomore Mallory Mason sent a shot into the left corner of the cage past Georgetown’s Emma Hamstra and put the Cards on the scoreboard at the 18:40 mark.
The Cards evened the scored at 2-2 just five minutes later when junior Erin Schneidtmiller sent a pass from the right side of the cage to the left post where sophomore Becca Maddock connected on her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
The teams entered halftime knotted at 2-2 after Louisville outshot Georgetown 13-2 and held a 5-0 advantage in penalty corners.
Georgetown mounted a threat in the opening minutes of the second half when Charlotte Tierney’s shot sailed wide of the cage, but the Cards struck at the 38:37 mark when senior Amber Thomas dribbled into the circle and delivered a shot into the left side of the cage to put Louisville on top 3-2.
With less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, sophomore Alyssa Voelmle added an insurance goal with penalty corner assists from sophomore Paige Monsen and freshman Elisa Garcia for the 4-2 final.
Overall, Louisville outshot Georgetown 22-3 and held a 12-0 advantage in corners. Conrad posted one save in the game. Georgetown’s Briana Pereira collected 12 stops.
The Cardinals are back in action on Sunday when they travel to Kent State for a noon matchup.